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8 Signs Your Dog May Have a Urinary Tract Infection

Greater than 1 in 7 dogs will develop a bacterial UT infection during their lifetime. Certain dogs, especially females, are at greater risk. Know the signs that can indicate a potentially serious issue with your dog's urinary tract or bladder so you know what to do when they arise.

bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are relatively common in dogs, and E. coli is the culprit in about half of all canine bacterial UTIs
  • UTIs are usually the result of a change in a dog’s immune defenses that allows bacteria to proliferate and persist in the urinary tract
  • There are several symptoms that occur with UTIs in dogs; a urinalysis is required to confirm the diagnosis, and a culture and sensitivity test is needed to check for the presence and type of bacteria involved
  • The biggest reason UTIs do not resolve is the wrong antibiotic is selected and/or the length of therapy is inadequate
  • To prevent UTIs in your dog, it’s important to monitor urine pH levels and feed a low-carb, starch-free, nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate, preferably fresh diet

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